Software development and computer programming are great fields to be in and it is only looking up as we move farther into this internet age. Government predictions state that by 2022, demand for software developers is expected to grow by 20%, compared to just 10.8% growth for other industries.
That is really great news for us e-professionals. But considering there are over 200 notable programming languages in the world right now, and at least 25 of those languages are popular enough to land you a job…. deciding exactly what language to learn for future opportunities can be daunting.
When I learned Adobe Flash as a high school student in 2004 I was ahead of the curve. But today Flash is dead and so are those employment opportunities. Point being, while you may be a talented and ambitious programmer right now. Not learning the right languages today, can leave you working retail by 2020.
This list provides insight for future proofing your programming skills and will save you hundreds on courses as well as countless hours spent studying.
So what makes this Top List relevant to the future?
This list takes into consideration these major factors and grades the languages respectively.
These factors where measured and listed by popular companies such as TOPTAL; a hiring agency that acts as the go-between for developers and the companies that want to hire them. As well as TIOBE; a company based in the Netherlands that maintains a regular list of the most commonly used languages and assesses the languages for quality. Click the companies links above for more statistics.
Top 6 Programming Languages for your future career!
The internet has to be stored somewhere, which safely puts SQL on this list, and every other Top Programming Languages to Learn List on the web. SQL is a special-purpose programming language. It is designed for managing data held in relational database management systems. These are servers like your email. SQL is also used for stream processing in relational data stream management systems. Like Servers you use to stream videos from YouTube.
SQL isn’t going anywhere. So it is, and will continue to be a great choice to learn.
The defining reason this Language is not higher up on the list, is the same reason that SQL is a Most in Demand Programming Language of 2016. Not many people have a passion for writing SQL all day.
If you’re shooting for the big leagues, this will help get you in good with Google.
According to TIOBE “Google’s Go language seems to be unrivalled in popularity growth, probably boosted by
the immense popularity of Docker, the container application that is written in Go.”
It also doesn’t hurt that this Language was created and is maintained by Google who now owns 75% of the global search engine market shares and 40% of the internet itself. If you have experience with C or similar languages, you should feel right at home pretty quickly.
While GO is the biggest gamble on the list the numbers are in its favor especially if you consider the growing amount of children learning to code. Googles Chromebooks for Classrooms grant has taken the lead in ensuring classrooms are stocked with their machines. As well as 4,600 schools have used Googles CS First clubs to introduce computer science to students as well as other various code learning programs for the youth.
#4 The C Family
Unlike most languages that evolve over the years, shedding their old versions while promoting and catering to their new versions. The languages C, C++, C# have oddly enough all stuck around. This is for two major reasons. Firstly; the amount of companies who have invested money into systems, technologies, and software that have been built on these languages since the early 1990’s. Secondly; because of C’s extreme diversity in usability.
These languages can be used to do everything from Apps to operating systems.
C#, the newest programming language. Is an evolution of Microsoft C and Microsoft C++. C# is simple, modern, type safe, and object oriented. So while any of the C family is a safe bet, C# is the newest and best bet for future proofing your resume or portfolio.
NASA and other leading technology and science organizations have adopted Python and its not just because of its cool name.
If you haven’t heard about Python yet, it has been maintaining a slow but steady growth of users since 2002. It has also been maintaining its position for most in demand programming languages of 2016. What does this mean? It means that even though the popularity among programmers is rising the demand for python programmers by employers is rising even faster! It’s basic supply and demand, and YOU need to be part of that supply that is in heavy demand before the demand bubble bursts.
Demand is not the only reason python is third on the list. Its ease of use has made it one of the most popular secondary programming languages to learn for 2016. If your a noob or a pro;
programmers in any other language can pick up Python very quickly
and beginners find the clean syntax and indentation structure easy to learn.
So while Python should not be the only language you will want to learn, it is a great language to boost your resume or portfolio and set you apart from the competition.
#2 HTML 5 / CSS3
Before You scroll down to the bottom and begin commenting on how HTML & CSS are not real programming languages, please let me elaborate.
Over $1.2 Million is made in Ecommerce every 30 seconds! It would be foolish not to have a basic understanding of the HTML & CSS markup languages
that are used to create every webpage on the internet. The ability to understand and/or use HTML as well as CSS will help you in every aspect of future technology and how it is affecting our traditional commerce model.
Consider how much website interaction goes on with every piece of technology in today’s world. (i.e. Smartphones, Cars, etc.)
Additionally, everyone wants everything to link to their social media, smart watch, or mobile device so webpage-app integration is extremely important. Whether you are learning code to develop mobile or computer apps. Building a Widget for a client’s webpage. Designing or building operating systems and software. If you ever want to own your own small business. Or be any type of internet entrepreneur, these languages are a real asset.
The only thing keeping HTML & CSS from being the top of the list is that they are markup languages, not “technically” programming languages.
Coming in at number one of the Top 6 Programming Languages You Need for 2017 & Beyond! Is Apple’s SWIFT.
Apple invented this language in 2014 as their new programming language for IOS & OS X developers to create their next top selling apps.
Why? Simply because Apple always does things their own way.
If you’ve never been a Mac fan don’t fret. Although it is Apples creation, SWIFT will feel surprisingly native to those who already know any of the C family.
The language is uber fast and the syntax is very compact.
Giving it a 10 out of 10 for learnability and usability.
Now lets talk stock. While not a defining factor, a good consideration, is Apples current and future role in the Smartphone market. Samsung’s newly released Galaxy Note 7 has had, and will continue to have a drastically negative impact on Samsung’s stock value. The Note 7 is so dangerous that it is now federally prohibited on airlines. The US is not the only one. The Note 7 flight ban has been spreading worldwide!
On the flip side. Apple stock is looking up, which from an economic perspective, means Apple will have a high demand for top programmers.
Lets be real, learning SWIFT does not guarantee you a job at Apple. But even if you don’t score a job with this top tech company. To be competitive in app sales, or to ensure all possible customers can utilize an app you build for a client.
An App needs to be Cross-Platform
Which means it works on both android & IOS or WIN & OS X.
SWIFT is one of the fastest growing Languages in popularity between devs according to the TIOBE Index. But don’t let that discourage you. SWIFT is in even higher demand than there is supply. It was quickly adopted by American Airlines, LinkedIn, as well many other leading corporations and has not slowed down. This trend has been reflected by SWIFT’s listing in TOPTALs top lists. As well as every other Most in Demand Programming Languages of 2016 list online.
In short, SWIFT has demand. SWIFT has top firms. It has easy learnability, diversity, usability, & popularity. For these reasons SWIFT is the #1 pick for the Top 6 Programming Languages You Need for 2017 & Beyond!
As with any mastery, you must have your many tools, each a perfect choice for their respective situation.
there is no single programming language that will need to be learned and even languages learned will need to be continuously re-learned and mastered as each language improves and evolves to keep pace with innovation.
By learning for the future market instead of the current market you gain the advantage. Oregon Institute of Technology offers B.S. or A.E in Software Engineering Technology. Find out more at http://www.oit.edu
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